What's Wrong with the Subaru Outback?

Outback owners have made 712 complaints to CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most active below. Most are about the engine (26%), followed by the interior (10%) and the electrical (10%).

Want more information about these problems? Clicking on the link will bring you over to CarComplaints.com for additional details. While you're there, add your own complaints about the Outback.

Comparing Outback Generations

You should avoid the 6th generation (2015–2018) Outback because of its overall PainRank™ of 16.36. Looking for a year-to-year comparison? We've got that too.

Generation Model Years Reliability Complaints PainRank (?)
6th Gen Outback 2015–2018
211 16.36
5th Gen Outback 2010–2014
257 14.77
4th Gen Outback 2004–2009
151 9.0
3rd Gen Outback 2000–2003
56 6.99
2nd Gen Outback 1995–1999
37 3.02

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    The Worst Outback Years

    This bar chart shows the seven years with the highest complaint volume. Clicking on the year will take you to their problem pages on CarComplaints.com.

    But wait, there's more ... outside of the top seven, there's the 2010 (35), 2005 (32), 1997 (27), 2012 (26), 2008 (23), 2017 (23), 2018 (22), 2003 (20), 2000 (13), 2002 (13), 2004 (11), 2009 (10), 2001 (10), 1999 (3), 1996 (3), 1998 (2), and 1995 (2).